Our Christian Ethos and Values

As a Christian school, we worked together as a team involving, pupils, staff, governors and parents to choose the following six Christian values representative of our Church of England school.  Our Christian values inform every aspect of our school community life, and are embedded in all our policies.

Our Reverend from St. George’s Church, Wrotham (Reverend Edward Wright) regularly leads our worship to help us reinforce our understanding of each value as he shares stories from the Bible and reflects on what they mean for us in our every day life. Children have opportunities to plan, prepare and lead worship for the whole school through the school faith group, the Leading Lights and also as they organise worship at key points in the Christian calendar for the whole school community.

Each term we focus on a different Christian Value. This is done explicitly through our Collective Worship time and also throughout our curriculum. Children have regular opportunities to reflect on each value and to develop an understanding of the Value in action. Each Friday, in our Celebration Worship, we acknowledge children who have demonstrated these values.

RESPECT

‘Pay others the honour and respect you owe them’ (Romans 13:7, paraphrase).

‘Try to earn the respect of others’ (Romans 12:17, paraphrase).

‘Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters’ (Peter 2:17, ).

HONESTY

The ninth commandment: ‘Do not tell lies about others’ (Exodus 20:16, CEV).

 ‘It is better to be honest and poor than dishonest and rich.’ (Proverbs 16:8).

COURAGE

Joshua, when taking over from Moses in the Old Testament, hears God say:

‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go’ Joshua 1:9 (NIV).

‘I am Jesus. Don’t be afraid’ (Mark 6:50 and John 6:20).

KINDNESS

‘Encourage anyone who feels left out; help all who are weak, and be patient with everyone… Be good to each other and to everyone else. Always be joyful and never stop praying’ (1 Thessalonians 5:14-18, CEV).

FORGIVENESS

Jesus says in the Lord’s Prayer: ‘Forgive us for doing wrong, as we forgive others’ (Matthew 6:12, CEV).

David asks God to forgive him: ‘After David had everyone counted, he felt guilty and told the Lord, “What I did was stupid and terribly wrong. Lord, please forgive me”‘ (2 Samuel 24:10).

HOPE

‘And so Lord, where do I put my hope?  My only hope is in you.’ ( Psalm 39:7).

‘Hope is coupled with faith and love as one of the three most enduring gifts of the Spirit.’ (1 Corinthians 13:13).

 The vision is deeply Christian, with the promise by Jesus of ‘life in all its fullness’ at its heart.

A Prayer about Respect.

Dear Lord,

When we are naughty, let us bring that lovely respect inside of us out,

Respect everyone and everything around us.

Let us be careful with things and respect them by not breaking them.

Let us respect others and take turns.

Be thoughtful with things.

Let us not hurt things even though they might hurt us.

Let us listen to people when they are speaking and respect them with our love and care.

Amen.

 

by Abigail Finlay

A Prayer about honesty.

Dear God,

Please help us to tell the truth to other people and not tell lies.

Thank you for forgiving our sins.

Amen.

By Joshua Trott

A Prayer about Forgiveness.

Dear Heavenly Father,

You taught us to forgive sins.

Sometimes it’s not always easy to do.

Let us try to forgive each other when we have problems,

And to accept apologies.

Amen.

Dear God,

 Thank you for giving us the value of kindness. Thank you for being kind to everyone and helping us help others. Thank you for helping us to be kind and raising money for charity. Thank you for loving everyone.

Amen

By Harry Malone

Dear Lord

Hope is a powerful value to have in a person. With it they can dream of doing and achieving anything,

I hope that I can learn from the messages of the Easter Story and apply the values shown by the people in it to my own life. I hope that I can be brave like Pater was, when he stood up to the soldiers arresting Jesus. I hope that I can show mercy as Jesus did when he told Peter to stop fighting.

I hope that God looks down upon St George’s and helps us in our daily lives.

Amen

By Issy Meynen

Dear Lord,

Please help us to get through things that are difficult in life.

Give us the courage when we need it.

Thank you Lord.

Amen

By Amy Curtis

Dear Heavenly Father,

You taught us to forgive sins.

Which is sometimes isn’t easy to do.

Help us to try to forgive each other when we fall out,

And teach us to accept apologies when they come out way.

In Jesus name.

Amen.

By Jennifer Gilbody and Oliver Osman

Congratulations!

To the children who received their Christian Value certificates for Forgiveness at the end of Term 5 2017.

Easter Journey Reflections

 By Sycamore Class 2017

I enjoyed Willow Class because it made me think about what God / Jesus can help me with

I liked the station where we got to eat and drink as it symbolised Jesus’ body and blood.

I enjoyed seed planting because it reminded me of how new life grows each year.

I learnt that whenever you need to speak to God or Jesus they are always with you.

I learnt that Jesus could have saved himself but chose not to.

I learnt that Jesus loved us all and he forgave people that made fun of him.